Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Diversity:  “Differences that may make a difference.” (deepSEE Consulting)  The variety of differences found in our organization and within our community; including, but not limited to: race, ethnicity, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, marital status, a person's political affiliation, sexual orientation or gender identity, veteran status, height, weight, or disability.

Equity:  “While equality focuses on inputs into our systems, equity focuses on the systems themselves and the outcomes.” (deepSEE Consulting)  Equity recognizes that each person has different circumstances and allocates the exact resources and opportunities needed to reach an equal outcome.

Inclusion:  “The act of creating environments where all feel as though they matter. Where all feel ‘a part of’ versus ‘apart from’ and where everyone can contribute to their fullest potential.” (deepSEE Consulting)   An inclusive organization promotes a sense of belonging and demonstrates respect for the contributions, beliefs, backgrounds, and diversity of all.

DEI In Action

May 5, 2021 - HR Director Cunningham presented information on the County's hiring process to the Board of Commissioners

May 4, 2021 - DEI Director position submitted to consultant for classification

April 15, 2021 - HR Director Cunningham presented information on the 2020 County Employee Demographics reports

Our Workforce

Gender

Male: 43.6%
Female: 56.3%
Preferred Not to Answer: 0.1%

Veterans

Veterans: 7.4%

Generation

Traditionals (1900-1945): 0.1%
Baby Boomer (1946-1964): 19.3%
Generation X (1965-1980): 43.6%
Millenials (1981-1996): 34.9%
Generation Z (1997-2015): 2.6%

Race

American-Indian: 0.5%
Asian: 1.3%
Black/African-American: 12.4%
Hispanic/LatinX: 3.7%
White: 80.5%
Two or more races: 1.3%

% of Total Employees

American-Indian: 0.5%
Administrative Departments: 31%
Courts: 31%
Elected Officials: 36%
Other: 2%

Contact Us

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Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Director

Contact Information: 
201 West Kalamazoo Avenue
Kalamazoo, MI 49007 
Phone: TBD 
Fax: TBD
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